Women's D-II finals feature 4-time defending champ
The biggest news out of the four NCAA Division II Women’s Super Regionals: Four-time defending national champion Nova Southeastern didn’t win one of them.
The Sharks, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., were topped by Lynn University, of Boca Raton, Fla., by four shots – 900-904 – May 7 at the South Regional at Lone Palm Golf Club in Lakeland, Fla.
“It feels amazing. It’s the payoff for all the work that we have done,’’ Lynn’s Irene Calvo told The Ledger in Lakeland.
All is not lost, though. Nova Southeastern still has a shot at NCAA history – a fifth consecutive national title – at next week’s NCAA Division II Women’s Championship at LPGA International’s Legends Course in Daytona Beach, Fla. Lynn has played three tournaments on the Legends Course this season, winning all three, including the Division II Fall Preview in September. Nova Southeastern, however, is the only team of the final 12 that has won a national title.
Barry University earned the third team spot to the finals out of the South region.
Nine other teams also qualified for the finals: Central Oklahoma (Central Regional winner), Augustana-South Dakota, Northeastern State, Indianapolis (East Regional winner), Ashland, California-Pa., St. Edward’s (West regional winner), Grand Canyon and Tarleton State.
Twelve individual qualifers, the top three players out of each region who were not on an advancing team, are: Rebecka Surtevall (Arkansas Tech), Ashlynn Hall (Southwestern Oklahoma State), Emily Plyler (Harding), Kasey Frazier (Wheeling Jesuit), Ali Reed (Merrimack), Shwenta Galande (Missouri-St. Louis), Annie Dulman (Rollins), Teresa Hernani (Lander), Kristen Sammarco (Armstrong Atlantic), Spencer Heller (Sonoma State), Hee-Leina Kim (Colorado State-Pueblo) and Mercedes Rios (Dallas Baptist).